The Major League Baseball season is a little more than a week old. Bettors would be wise not to read too much into the extremely early season results. It isn’t hard for a team to look great for seven or eight games, but can they stand the test of time? Remember, the baseball season is 162 games long.

BangtheBook wants to give baseball bettors some extra information to try to stay ahead of the books this year. This MLB betting article will be done twice a week during the baseball season to give you trends to consider before wagering your money on baseball. Expect this article at the beginning of the week for weekday series’ and at the end of the week as a preview for the weekend series’. Let’s start it off by looking at trends to consider for this weekend’s games.

-The New York Yankees are 14-3 in C.C. Sabathia’s last 17 starts against the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia will start against the Orioles Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Youngster Miguel Gonzalez will be on the hill for the Orioles. The Yankees are short-handed offensively, but they may still be worth a look with Sabathia on the mound against Baltimore.

-The New York Mets are 6-0 in their last 6 Interleague road games against a team with a losing record. They’ll square off with Minnesota in the one interleague series of the weekend. Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Dillon Gee are slated to start for the Mets in this three-game series.

-The Dodgers are 40-15 in Clayton Kershaw’s last 55 starts as a favorite. Kershaw hasn’t given up an earned run yet this year, and I don’t expect to see him dogged much (if any) this season. Interestingly, if you are a run line player, in 11 of Kershaw’s last 13 wins the Dodgers have won by at least two runs

-Philadelphia is 26-12 in their last 38 games in Miami. The Marlins were a major disappointment last season, but this year’s team is going to be beaten up on a daily basis. Philadelphia isn’t necessarily the NL East power they were a couple years ago, but if you find a good value on them in Miami this weekend don’t be afraid to back the Phillies.

-Tampa Bay is 18-4 in their last 22 games against a left-handed pitcher. They are 12-2 in their last 14 road games against a lefty. The Rays will face two lefties in their three-game series against Boston this weekend. They’ll square off against Felix Doubront on Friday and Jon Lester on Saturday.

-Houston is 17-53 in their last 70 road games. The Astros are probably the worst team in the league this year, and they will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Angels this weekend. Los Angeles is off to another disappointing start this season, but I won’t be a bit surprised if they take their frustration out on the Astros in this weekend series.

-The under is 18-6-5 in the last 29 meetings between the Reds and the Pirates. If you are a totals bettor, you might want to keep an eye out for spots to bet the under during this weekend series.

-The Giants are starting to become known as true road warriors. San Francisco 35-16 in their last 51 road games. This weekend they’ll be at Wrigley Field in Chicago where they have beaten the Cubs in 7 of their last 8 meetings.